Kenya Launches Largest-Ever Basic Income Experiment That Goes to 2030

An American charity launched this week a 12-year-long experiment in Kenya involving 6,000 people and $30 million to test the potential success of basic income. By the year, 2030, researchers will have troves of data on how basic income has affected thousands.

The founders of the New York-based nonprofit GiveDirectly distinguish their basic income experiment from others by selecting people in “extreme poverty” for their study, the early results of which they expect to receive “within the next year or two.”

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Need more money to live on? Ontario still looking for basic income applicants

Roderick Benns

The Province is encouraging people who may be in need of a basic income guarantee for the next three years to call or email so they can enroll.

Kristen Tedesco, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Community and Social Services, says throughout October the government has been holding “in-person enrollment sessions in Lindsay.”

This has been mainly for people who had identified an interest when the Province had a booth set up at the Lindsay Exhibition in late September. The Ontario Basic Income Pilot officially launched in Lindsay earlier in October.

 

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Basic income: the case for incrementalism

Joe Foster

When discussing the concept of basic income, those on the front lines, whether living in poverty or helping those who struggle with it on a daily basis, are most often in favour of the “Big Bang” approach—namely, ensuring that all Canadians have a livable income now.

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Lindsay-area MP says yes to basic income if Ontario Works and boutique tax credits eliminated

Roderick Benns

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Conservative MP Jamie Schmale has clarified his position on basic income, saying he’s all for the pilot if Ontario Works is eliminated and the boutique tax credits go.

Schmale, who was not as specific in his first interview with The Lindsay Advocate, clarified his remarks on The Advocate’s active social media presence on Facebook. 

“I think what didn’t come out clearly…is I am supportive of basic income if the civil service is substantially reduced,” Schmale wrote on Facebook.

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BICN's Three Current Priorities for Basic Income

In recent weeks, supporters of the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) have enabled us, along with other partners, to succeed in several initiatives, including: meetings in Ottawa bringing together international expert Dr. Guy Standing with MPs and Senators, federal public servants and national policy experts; a BICN-affiliated conference in Halifax featuring Dr. Standing (a commitment to a Manitoba event has also been made); an address to a student-led health and human rights conference; media briefings and appearances; a public event in Lindsay, an important site in the Ontario pilot project; and the annual meeting of the Ontario Basic Income Network which approved the Lindsay Declaration for a Progressive Basic Income

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Basic income panel talks hope, human rights, and the poverty we allow

Roderick Benns

Opinion

While a panel discussion about basic income was happening in Lindsay last Friday, there was a three-hour line-up to sign up for basic income at the Lindsay Public Library – a line that spilled out onto the street.

The parallel events show there is great community support for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, certainly from an growing number of ‘average citizens’ who are increasingly made up of the so-called working poor. 

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Art Eggleton: Will Lindsay be the next Dauphin?

Roderick Benns

One of Canada’s most well-known inequality fighters, Senator Art Eggleton, inspired members of the Ontario Basic Income Network recently who were in Lindsay for their annual general meeting.

In his opening remarks, Eggleton wondered aloud if Lindsay would become known as “the Dauphin, Manitoba of this decade.”

Dauphin was a small town in Manitoba which was chosen for a program called ‘Mincome’ (minimum income) in the 1970s, which helped establish a reliable minimum income for about a third of the people who lived there.

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